Find A Remedy

 

FIND A REMEDY

IT’S easy for us to point our fingers and blame everyone and everything in the world around us for the problems we encounter.  It’s harder for us to look inward, pause and find the quiet strength to move forward and find solutions.

 

Find A Remedy

 

 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGES  ::  WORDS OF WISDOM ©2014 ALLI WOODS FREDERICK  ::  FIND A REMEDY – PHONORIC  ::

 
 

Posted in INSPIRE, LIFESTYLE | Tagged , | Leave a comment

 

goodbye money hello shoes

::  HEADS UP: THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS WHICH MEANS IF YOU CLICK ONE OF MY LINKS IN THIS POST AND HAPPEN TO MAKE A PURCHASE I EARN A TINY BIT OF MONEY.  BUT REST ASSURED I NEVER PROMOTE ANYTHING I DON’T BELIEVE IN.  ALL OPINIONS & REVIEWS EXPRESSED ARE MINE & MINE ALONE.  THAT’S HOW I ROLL.  ::

 

Okay gals.  I know for a fact that you love Lulu*s.  I know this because I’m one of their affiliates (hence their ad that is always hanging out in the sidebar over there on the right) and it is, hands down, one of my most popular affiliates.  And I don’t blame you guys.  I get it.  I freakin’ love ‘em too.  (Just ask my grumpy checkbook and my closet full of shoes.)

If there’s one thing we love about shopping it’s when one of our favorite stores has a killer sale…and Lulu*s is having a killer sale right now.

 

GOODBYE MONEY.  HELLO SHOES.

*GRIN*

goodbye money hello shoes

 

They have some amazing deals this Labor Day Weekend (*ahem* 40% off sale items *ahem*) – including up to $35 off site wide! (Say whaaaaat???)  I don’t know about you, but I’m all over this.  I’m in need of some new big black shoes (yes, that is possible when you have a closet full of the damn things).

 

You can pop over there with me and shop this great deal here.  Just keep in mind this is a Labor day sale so all the saving-money-goodness ends at midnight tonight, August 31st.  I’m hightailing it right now to try and scratch that shoe itch that’s been driving me crazy(er…crazier).  Happy hunting my fellow fashion and bargain hounds and may the shopping odds be forever in your favor. *insert Hunger Games whistle here*

 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGES  ::  © LULU*S  ::

 
 

Posted in SPONSORED POST | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS
 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS
 

IT’S the end of the month so we all know what that means…it’s time for this month’s Postscript.

I usually lead off with some babble-fest about whatever (I’m the Queen of Babble On…And On…and of bad puns.  I know, I know), but since Mischa has been occupying the majority of my time (not complaining…I love the crap out my little furbaby – but I miss you guys like crazy!) I’m doing my best to keep things more concise (not my forte and totally excludes our final True Blood Tuesday post – since the series ended I felt a duty as a Trubie to do it justice as much justice as possible).  So with that in mind let’s just right into the list-y goodness.

 

USELESS USEFULL THINGS & MAGIC IN YOUR PURSE

USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

*  UFO’s are making the news.  Specifically the footage of a UFO shot near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, a couple of days ago…and the kicker?  It’s not the first time or last time it’s been seen over the past couple of weeks.

 

 

:: UFO VIDEO FOOTAGE ::

 

*  ROCKIN’ a near perfect cat eye took me nearly a year of practice, but false eyelashes?  Forget it.  I am false eyelash impaired to the extreme.  Thank god for this False Eyelash Tutorial.  There may be hope for my peepers yet.

*  MY stylist  once asked me how I managed to do such a nice job cutting my bangs myself (I cut my own hair for 16-ish years before visiting a stylist again so I never thought much of it).  I’ve had others ask too…but since mine aren’t in need of a trim and shooting photos of myself cutting my own bangs for a DIY or DIE feature would require more arms than all the Hindu deities combine I’ll point you towards this bang-trimming tutorial on A Beautiful Mess instead.  (And believe her when she tells you about the scissors.)

*  SAMANTHA (from 523 and Haute Macabre) has opened a killer new vintage shop, Disco Witch Vintage.  With pieces that range from vintage 90s (I can’t believe the 90s are vintage now…it kills me just a little to think about it) Betsey Johnson to stunning jet Victorian mourning jewelry, there’s bound to be something you to love.

*  SINCE we mentioned Haute Macabre I would be remiss to not mention their recent post about Justyna Neryng’s adorable and moody photographs of fairytale children.  Cute and creepy is like getting peanut butter in my chocolate.
 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

*  THE dark train of thought chugs along as we look at the amazingly cold and beautiful paintings by artist Mark Thompson over at Bleaq.

*  FINDING art in unexpected places is always pretty badass.  Enter these boho-gypsy yoga mats by La Vie Boheme Yoga. (I’m particularly fond of the Warrior mat, as well as the yoga tie back dress…in black, naturally.)

*  I’VE preached the gospel of drinking apple cider vinegar for years and here’s why.

*  MY dear Miss Sarah of The Laughing Medusa encourages every woman to add a little magic to their day by simply adding a few items to their purse.  Love this idea.  (I never leave home without pink sparkly heart and silver glittery star stickers tucked into my filofax.  You never know when you’ll need to leave some sparkly love somewhere.)

*  A collection of utterly useless useful items?  Design + humor = genius.  I would love to give some of these as gifts.

 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

WORKING full time and rocking your own freelance/creative biz on the side?  This article is not only for you but provides great advice for anyone doing the whole artist/freelance/entrepreneur full time gig thing.

*  NEW YORK is disappearing one block at a time according to Vanishing New York and its author, Jeremiah Moss, is documenting it one blog post at a time.  Gotta love homogeny…or at least get used to it because that’s the direction our entire planet is headed in the name of “progress.”  How fun.

 
USELESS USEFUL THINGS

 

*  I confess I live in a bit of bubble spending a lot of time inside my head, usually more often than not, and early 2013 was one such time.  I stumbled across the story of Elisa Lam’s “accidental” death earlier this week when the security footage of her bizarre behavior on a hotel elevator shortly before her final moments popped up on my YouTube channel.  What I saw I found to be not only bizarre but utterly, completely, thoroughly and profoundly disturbing.  I didn’t sleep that night.  Seriously.  Not kidding.  In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, be forewarned the security footage and the details of her story are upsetting and very, very bizarre…they certainly don’t logically add up to an accidental death.  Very disturbing and very sad and I simply can’t shake it.

 

:: NEWS COVERAGE :: VIEW THE ENTIRE SECURITY FOOTAGE HERE (4″ LONG) ::

 

I’ll see you in September, my dears.  Hears to hoping you have a smashing weekend and to those of you here in the States, have a happy Labor Day weekend.  Muwha!

 


 
 

Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGES  ::  POSTSCRIPT © ALLI WOODS FREDERICK  ::  SOURCE UNKNOWN  ::  © KATERINA KAMPRANI  ::  © JUSTYNA NERYNG  ::  © KATERINA KAMPRANI  ::  VIA THE DAILY BEAST  ::

 
 

Posted in BITS + BOBS | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

 

http://www.shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=641038&u=547801&m=43745&urllink=&afftrack=

::  HEADS UP: THIS POST CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS WHICH MEANS IF YOU CLICK ONE OF MY LINKS IN THIS POST AND HAPPEN TO MAKE A PURCHASE I EARN A TINY BIT OF MONEY.  BUT REST ASSURED I NEVER PROMOTE ANYTHING I DON’T BELIEVE IN.  ALL OPINIONS & REVIEWS EXPRESSED ARE MINE & MINE ALONE.  THAT’S HOW I ROLL.  ::

 

BOY, oh boy do I have some exciting news for all my darlings (my darlings being you) that live in and around New York!  Our beloved Modcloth is coming to The Big Apple and they’re looking for you!

 

MODCLOTH IS HOLDING AN OPEN CASTING CALL AND THEY WANT YOU!

vintage woman with binoculars fashion

 

SO WHAT, EXACTLY, IS GOING ON?

If you’re a fashion maven and love to show off your unique sartorial skills then you need to get your bootie on down to Modcloth’s #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL in New York City on September 3rd.

 

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO?

All you have to do is show up in your best, your cutest, quirkiest, most rockin’-est, most you-est outfit and be willing to have your photo snapped by the Modcloth crew.  Absolutely everyone is welcome so grab your friends and come out for some fun.  Just show up and rock your #fashiontruth.

 

*  Modcloth’s fashion truth?  “Be what you want to see in fashion.”

*  My fashion truth?  You’re never too old to play dress up…being theatrical is fun; be a different character whenever you want; let fashion be your playground…as long as you love how it makes you feel, do it.

 

WHAT DO YOU GET?

Say hello to some big ol’ bragging rights.  If you’re selected, you’re photo could be featured on Modcloth as well as across other social media platforms.  Oh yeah, they’ll also be choosing one person each month to spotlight on their website.  All eyes could be on you and your fashion ferocity.  It’s cool.  No big deal.  (That’s me pretending not to be envious.)

It also means that from that day forward all your friends will be asking you for your fashion advice.  What can I say.  With great power comes great responsibility.  Use your sartorial savvy wisely.

 

SO WHAT ARE THE WHERES AND WHENS?

*  WHEN:  Wednesday, September 3rd (2014) from 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM
*  WHERE:  Openhouse, 201 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

 

This is a don’t miss event so make sure to swing by the Modcloth blog for complete details and RSVP info.  (And if you go, please-please-pretty-please come tell me all about it so I can live vicariously through you.  I’ll be your best friend and love you forever – as if I don’t already.)

Good luck, I hope you have a great time and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

 

COME ONE, COME ALL TO THE CASTING CALL!

casting call banner with location
 
 

Catwalk Kisses & Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGES  ::  © MODCLOTH  ::  SOURCE UNKNOWN  ::

 
 

Posted in SPONSORED POST | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

 
ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

*SPOILERS AND HEARTBREAK FOLLOW.  IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW WHAT WENT DOWN THEN DON’T READ, MY DEARS.*

 
 

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

OH MY, my beloved Trubies…It was with a heavy heart that I placed my final call for #FangsOut on Sunday night and now here we are.  We are at the end of a fangtastic era that was entirely too short for my liking.  My emotions are mixed about the series finale but one thing I know for sure is that my heart is broken by the end of True Blood and the loss of the fictitious friends we have come to hold so dear.

 

IT’S TIME FOR ONE LAST BLOODY KISS BEFORE WE BITE IT.

true-blood-series-finale

I confess to a certain amount of resentment regarding some of the decisions made for this final season:

 
* The almost total absence of Sam who has been a major character since day one.  His presence this season was insignificant and ineffectual at best.  Serious disappointment and not in keeping with his character, father-to-be or not.

 
ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

* Bill being given a “noble” and redeeming death (because let’s face it…he screwed up in the worst ways possible when it came to his relationship with Sookie so “releasing” her from his love was noble-ish considering he begged her to kill him…I suppose his redemption was necessary, but…meh) while Eric, equally touched and transformed by his love for and relationship with Sookie, was left to devolve back into the creature he was when we first met him that fateful night at Fangtasia…only filthy rich and with what was quite possibly the worst infomercial I’ve ever seen.  (The fact that the writers ignored the rather substantial emotional evolution he underwent and reverted him to his old ways was a weak and cheap copout that showed a lack of effort and imagination and was an insult to his character and at least one of the members of Team Eric.)

 
ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

*The fact that we don’t get to see Sookie’s husband.  I want to see his face and know his name!  I NEED to know.  I NEED CLOSURE, DAMN IT!!!  WTF?!?!

 

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

I could go on about all the little (and not so little) things that irked me about this final season…there was too much of everything, too many people, too many stories to wrap up in too few episodes.  If they had even expanded it by just a few episodes it would have seemed less rushed, more cohesive and ultimately more fulfilling and satisfying to both characters and fans alike.

 

AM I SAYING IT WAS HORRIBLE?  A TRAVESTY NOT FIT TO BE AIRED AND AN AFFRONT TO TRUBIES THE WORLD OVER?

 

Not at all.  I merely think that it should have been handled with a bit more care and respect…that the writing and editing should have been up to par with the previous seasons.  It was just too much for such a short span of time…but it was still great because…

 

WHAT THEY DID DO RIGHT…BOY, HOWDY, DID THEY DO IT RIGHT.

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

So what parts knocked my socks off?  What was up to snuff and worthy of Trubie love and loyalty?  Where to begin, where to begin…how about:

 

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

* Sookie finally embracing the fae part of her bloodline and finally finding pride in her heritage instead of shame and frustration?  Took you long enough, girl, but better late than never (even if the timing for your revelation was far from ideal…I’ll let it slide since you were about to murder your first love.)

 

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

* Jason finally ditching lust, finding true love and starting a family…I would say that it took him long enough too but that would make me a hypocrite of enormous proportion so I’ll just keep my mouth shut.
 
* Bill’s heart to hearts with everyone – with Eric, with Sookie, with Hoyt, with Jessica but most of all with Andy (for reasons I can’t quite put my finger on…there was just a father to father, man to man, kin to kin sort of kindness and love to it that I found touching).

 

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

* And while we’re on the subject of Andy, the fact that he called Sookie darlin’ when she brought him Sam’s letter melted my heart.  It was such a vast change from his interactions (most of which occurred as a result of her reading his mind) with her in season one.  It solidified my serious soft spot for that big, goofy, tender-hearted man.

 
ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

* Eric quietly saving Sookie (without her knowledge) from the yakuza…which actually has me reconsidering my earlier assertion that he devolved.  I think it may well be that the writers (or editors…you never know where the blame truly belongs in such matters) didn’t adequately convey the true depth of the end of the Eric-Sookie relationship/dynamic.  The fact that he eliminated the threat to her life and allowed her to remain unaware of the events that nearly unfolded indicates another possible explanation for the end of Eric’s story:  through his actions that night with the yakuza Eric demonstrated that he actually took Bill’s words to heart and was willing to give Sookie what Bill correctly stated she needed and deserved – a chance to have a real life released from the darkness that they shared with her despite their unquestionable love for her.  Eric’s choice to stay away, to intentionally live his life separated from her despite his love for her so that she may truly live was an act of ultimate love and sacrifice – the act of a hero.  I retract my previous assertion and am going to roll with this noble and heroic explanation for Eric’s behavior (and simply blame the seemingly selfish  and regressive behavior as a failing on the writers’ parts to adequately convey Eric’s decision making process due to their extreme focus on Bill (and his totally obnoxious flashbacks all season long) to the detriment of other characters story lines).  Yup.  That works for me.

 
ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

* Pam’s success rocked my socks.  Given her background as a member of the world’s oldest profession while she was human, it thrills me to no end to see her rockin’ her new business like the badass boss that she is, and with her bff, literal partner in crime and maker, no less.  Hell to the yes.  Like Dorothy and the Scarecrow, if the Scarecrow were a seriously pissed off vampire with a love for latex  and Louboutins, I think I’m going to miss her most of all.  Her barbs and verbal bitch slaps were, fangs down, the best of the series…even better than Eric’s and I don’t make that statement lightly.

 
ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

* And finally, quite possibly the best moment of all (apart from finding that megalomaniacal, uber-bitch Sarah Newlin chained up, being fed on and going mad whilst finally getting a very small but still highly satisfying portion of what her genocidal, sociopathic, terminally narcissistic skanky ass deserves) was the marriage of Hoyt and Jessica – a moment most of us had hoped for since the day they met.  Am I the only one who was cheering?  (And Arlene’s little aside about breastfeeding a baby vamp being hell?  Hilarious!)

Despite its shortcomings, there really was so much to love about this final season.  If I wrote an exhaustive list and waxed poetic about all my theories and observations you would be here for weeks…and in all honesty you and I both know you’d be 100% sick to your back teeth of me going on and on by then (if you aren’t already. Ha ha? *smiling cautiously*).

Since I missed last week’s True Blood Tuesday due to Mischa’s health (he’s doing a bit better by the way – updates to come), this week I leave you with the last, the final two True Blood Tuesday quotes ever (and yes, I am teary eyed as I write this.  I develop strong attachments to fictional characters in books and movies…always have since I can remember…is that weird?).  So fangs out one last time, my beloved Trubies…here we go…

 
 

JESSICA AND HOYT’S REUNION (FINALLY!)

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

(Ummmm…heart skipped a beat. *sigh*  What.  I’m allowed to be sappy from time to time.  Cut me some slack. *wink*)

 
 

GRAN, THE WISE AND UPLIFTING MATRIARCH

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

I think that is possibly the best quote we could ever hope to wrap True Blood Tuesdays with.  Thanks, Gran.  You always knew just what to say.

 
 

THANK YOU…

ONE LAST BLOODY KISS

 

Thank you to the cast and crew of True Blood for an amazing seven seasons.  You will all be so very missed.  And thank you, fellow Trubies, for sharing your love and appreciation for the series and for every single one of you helping to not only create and share its success but for creating an amazing community, a family, around it…and a bloody good one at that.  I will miss every juicy drop of it.  Thank you so much.

 

What were your favorite moments of the season?  What were your biggest disappointments?  Share your thoughts, feelings and RIPs…let’s mourn and celebrate together in the comments.

 
 

Pointy Painful Kisses & Crazy Supernatural Chaos,
Alli Woods Frederick

 
 

IMAGES  ::  TBT LOGO © 2014 ALLI WOODS FREDERICK. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  ::  ALL OTHER IMAGES © HBO/TRUE BLOOD  ::

 
 

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Posted in CULT, CULTURE | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment